The Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria (ISMN) is a professional management association, which specializes in strategic leadership and governance. The Institute was established in 2003 as an independent, non-government, non-profit organization.
Our Vision is to be a world-class professional body, a pan-African best reference in strategic management, and a key player in positioning Nigeria and Africa for leadership in the global society.
Our mission is to advance and promote knowledge and skills in the practice of strategic management, strategic leadership, strategic entrepreneurship, and governance through research, publications, education, training, certification, induction and regulation of students and members. To date, we have over fifteen thousand members at Associate, Full Membership, and Fellowship levels.
The Institute currently has a membership base of over 25,000 members spanning associate, full member, and fellowship. Many of our members are occupying strategic positions in their organizations and are constantly adding value to their stakeholders. This diversified membership base also provides an array of options to the Institute in delivering practical solutions to organizational and societal challenges.
ISMN undertakes training of members on a continuous basis in strategic management, strategic leadership, and governance. Our periodic Mandatory Continuous Development Programmes (MCPDs) are geared towards enriching our members’ knowledge of contemporary tools and techniques in strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.
The Institute has been engaged by various State Governments (including Lagos and Osun) and other institutions in the crafting of their strategies as well as in training their top level public servants on effective public governance since the inception of the Institute in 2003. Since 2008, ISMN has been involved in delivering training programmes in strategic management, leadership, and governance to the top echelon of the public service in Lagos State. ISMN was also engaged by the Osun State Government in 2011 for the strategic repositioning of the public service in line with the new strategic direction of the new administration in the State.
Since 2007, ISMN has been involved in the training and examination of serving youth corps members in strategic management, strategic leadership, and entrepreneurship. This has contributed immensely to the improvement of available human capital for all segments of the Nigerian society and beyond.
We are also committed to the training of graduating students of tertiary institutions with a view to empowering them for post-graduation challenges. Many of our trainees have gone on to become assets to their respective organizations.
ISMN is into synergic alliances and partnerships with local and international institutions. The Institute is a corporate member of International Institute for Strategic Studies, UK reputed for research into local, regional, and global conflicts (military, political, resource-based, etc) and providing workable solutions to them. We are also into collaboration arrangements with American Heritage University, Southern California and are on the verge of concluding agreements with University of Wales, UK and University of Business and International Studies, Switzerland. Locally, we have working relationship with University of Lagos, Osun State University, Fountain University, Osogbo, Benson Idahosa University, Benin, Federal Polytechnic, Bida, etc.
The Institute has a governance and management structure that ensure projects and programmes agree with its corporate vision and enhances efficient execution of such projects and programmes. At the apex of the Institute’s governance is the Governing Council which is currently headed by Dr. Otive Igbuzor as President/Chairman-In-Council. Dr. Otive Igbuzor has over 20 years of experience working with international organizations and governments on civil society intervention across the world.
He was formerly programme Co-ordinator of Centre for Democracy and Development (See www.cddwestafrica.org
); Country Director ActionAid Nigeria and International Head of Campaigns of ActionAid International (See www.actionaid.org
). As Country Director of Action Aid Nigeria, he led the country from a small organization of less than 40 staff with an annual income of £2m in 2004 to a large organization of over 80 staff with an annual income of £6.8m in 2008 handling several projects on Education, Health, Conflict Management, Food Security, Governance and Women Rights. Dr. Otive Igbuzor is a prolific writer and has published many scholarly articles on democracy, gender, politics and development.
He is the author of Perspectives on Democracy and Development
and Challenges of Development in Nigeria;
the co-editor of two authoritative books on Constitution making and Constitutionalism in Nigeria: Contentious Issues in the Review of the 1999 Constitution
and A Citizens’ Approach to Making a People’s Constitution in Nigeria
, and two others, one on Poverty Eradication titled Poverty Eradication in Nigeria: Perspectives on a Participatory and Pro-Poor Approach
and the other on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) titled Can Nigeria achieve the MDGs in 2015?
He holds a bachelors degree in Pharmacy, masters’ degrees in Public Administration and International Relations and a doctorate degree in Public Administration specializing in Policy Analysis.
The National Secretariat administration is headed by the Registrar/CEO. The current Registrar/CEO is Mr. Adeyemi Mapaderun, FSM.